The Cincinnati Bengals held the first overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft and selected Joe Burrow out of LSU. It was a no-brainer decision then and it’s still the right decision now.
When the Cincinnati Bengals held the top pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, everyone knew that they were going to take Joe Burrow. The LSU quarterback put together a season for the ages during the 2019 college football season, throwing for 5,671 yards, 60 touchdowns, and six interceptions.
He led the Tigers to a National Championship and also was the Heisman Trophy winner during that season. Again, taking him No. 1 overall was a no-brainer and it was clear that Andy Dalton’s days were numbered in the Queen City.
After the 2020 season, all of the hype was on Justin Herbert, who remained healthy throughout the season and threw for 4,336 yards, 31 touchdowns, and 10 picks as a rookie. This earned him Offensive Rookie of the Year honors.
Meanwhile, Burrow only appeared in 10 games due to injury and threw for 2,688 yards, 13 touchdowns, and five picks. It made sense why people started the “Bengals should have taken Herbert” conversations but Cincinnati fans knew their team made the right decision.
Burrow proved that sentiment this past year by throwing for a Bengals single-season record of 4,611 yards, 34 touchdowns, and 14 picks. He led the Bengals to their first playoff win since the early 90s and helped lead them to the Super Bowl for the first time since the late 80s.
Joe Burrow is still the obvious pick for Bengals in 2020 draft
Sayre Bedinger of NFL Spin Zone redrafted the 2020 NFL Draft and still had the stripes taking Burrow with the number one overall pick.
"Even with hindsight, this was the right pick. Burrow has already led the Bengals to an AFC title faster than any 1st overall pick in league history."
Unsurprisingly enough, Bedinger has the Commanders taking Herbert with the very next pick, which they’d jump at the chance if they could have a redo in this draft. Chase Young was a stud in college but any team would rather have a franchise quarterback over a game-changing defensive player.
The Burrow vs. Herbert debate will continue throughout their careers but Cincinnati Bengals fans know that their team made the right pick.